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By Comprehension Connection
Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco is a must read with every upper elementary class, but to make the most of it, you need comprehension focused activities for deeper meaning. Thank You Mr. Falker's rich vocabulary and meaningful themes are so
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10
$4.99
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By Comprehension Connection
Kindness in the Classroom is so important, and one of the best books to help teach this is Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. This bundle in both digital using Google Slides TM and PDF includes a book companion for introductions, a hands on
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Classroom Community
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5...
$6.50
73
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst is a classic. We all have bad days, and you can use this EASY TO USE and MEANINGFUL activities highlight the book's themes.HOW TEACHER USE THE ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Guided Reading Books, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RF.3.4
$4.99
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Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco is perfect for integration with your weather unit in science. This TIME SAVING unit will keep your kids FOCUSED as you work on specific reading skills and strategies in PRINT or with GOOGLE SLIDES TM. HOW TO USE THIS
Subjects:
Literature, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.9, RL.4.2...
$4.99
142
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#Sparkle2022 Author's Purpose is not as easy as it seems. With this resource, you can explain it, help students identify the look fors, practice with multiple texts, sort examples, and apply learning with real life examples. When the project is
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RI.5.8, CCRA.R.6
$4.00
250
Digital Download PDF (5.75 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
The Mitten by Jan Brett is a classic, must read book for all children. It was the very first Jan Brett book I read and bought for my children, and these activities will be just what you need to share it in a meaningful way with your students. In
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Google Apps, Internet Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5
$4.99
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By Comprehension Connection
Jan Brett is a favorite author for the primary and middle grades, and this comprehensive Jan Brett author study with her most popular titles will make planning a breeze! Each book companion in this set is perfect for the winter months whether you’re
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Winter
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Google Apps, Internet Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.9, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7...
$58.00
$37.00
234
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By Comprehension Connection
Using poetry to build reading fluency is a highly effective strategy, and this HUGE bundle helps you do just that all year with the *57* ORIGINAL poetry sets included. PLUS you get my Poetry Pros Activities for Figurative Language and Comprehension
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Poetry, Phonics
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Centers, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RF.2.4, RF.2.4a, RF.2.4b, RF.2.4c, RF.3.4, RF.3.4a, RF.3.4b, RF.3.4c, RF.4.4, RF.4.4a, RF.4.4b...
$44.93
$31.45
84
Bundle
By Comprehension Connection
Reading fluency is a critical skill for all primary readers. Using a Poem of the Week program is a well establish fluency building strategy. This bundle includes 9 original poems with blackline illustrations and color illustrations for fall and the
Subjects:
Poetry, Autumn, Winter
Grades:
2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RF.2.4, RF.2.4a, RF.2.4b, RF.2.4c, RF.3.4, RF.3.4a, RF.3.4b, RF.3.4c, RF.4.4, RF.4.4a, RF.4.4b...
$4.99
62
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If you are teaching about the Underground Railroad, Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine is a great companion book. Having quality activities to use with the book is a huge help, and this bundle gives you LOTS of Options for reading and writing! It
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading Strategies, Black History Month
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Projects, Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.6, RL.4.9, RL.5.2, W.5.2
$6.00
130
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By Comprehension Connection
If you love Patricia Polacco's books, then having grab and go materials to go with them is a HUGE help. This author study includes materials for *13* titles PLUS an author research lapbook for a total of 560+ pages of materials. HOW TO USE THIS
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Printables, Google Apps
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.4.9, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5...
$67.87
$52.75
166
Bundle
By Comprehension Connection
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg is the BEST book for teaching inferences, but with this well planned bundle, you can teach so much more! You have both digital options for Google Slides TM and printable activities for paired and small group
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Google Apps, Internet Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.6, RL.5.1, RL.5.2...
$4.99
125
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By Comprehension Connection
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother is one of Patricia Polacco's most popular books. This EASY TO USE comprehension focused unit includes before/during/after activities that will engage your students and help them focus on key literacy skills. HOW
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.3.9, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.7, RL.5.2...
$4.99
99
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By Comprehension Connection
Owl Moon is perfect for any time of year, but it's my favorite book for winter. The use of metaphor and visualizing that can be done with it make it a strong mentor text. It is also a wonderful exemplar for writing. HOW TO USE MY OWL MOON
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Winter
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Google Apps, Internet Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.3
$4.99
131
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By Comprehension Connection
The Relatives Came is a classic from Cynthia Rylant. This EASY TO USE comprehension focused book companion is perfect for the middle grades. It includes before, during, and after activities in both PDF and Digital for Google Slides TM. HOW TO USE
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Google Apps, Internet Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7
$4.99
156
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By Comprehension Connection
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus is perfect for the start of the year. This comprehension focused guided reading unit is set up with before/during/after activities and vocabulary for each chapter. Junie B is a favorite of nearly all kids.
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Back to School
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.4.1...
$4.00
129
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By Comprehension Connection
If you're using a rodeo theme this year, Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett is the perfect book. It's one of my favorite Jan Brett titles, and this unit will make your planning EASY and lessons EFFECTIVE with all of the engaging options.HOW TEACHERS CAN
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Google Apps, Internet Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.6, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.7...
$4.99
78
Digital Download ZIP (3.98 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
Reading fluency is a critical skill for all primary readers. Using a Poem of the Week program is a well establish fluency building strategy. This fun and engaging winter poetry bundle includes 9 ORIGINAL poems with blackline illustrations and color
Subjects:
Poetry, Winter, Spring
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Centers, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RF.2.4, RF.2.4a, RF.2.4b, RF.2.4c, RF.3.4, RF.3.4a, RF.3.4b, RF.3.4c, RF.4.4, RF.4.4a, RF.4.4b...
$6.99
50
Digital Download PDF (3.89 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
Salt in His Shoes by Deloris and Roslyn Jordan is a wonderful book for introducing a study of Michael Jordan's life and contributions. This interactive bundle includes graphic organizers for group discussion, question task cards, a lapbook project,
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading Strategies, Black History Month
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Google Apps, Internet Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.3, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, W.4.1
$4.99
41
Digital Download PDF (4.88 MB)
By Comprehension Connection
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon is such an amazing mentor text for writing and comprehension. In this unit, you'll have all you need for multiple comprehension skills in the before/during/after format in PDF and GOOGLE SLIDES TM. HOW TO USE THIS
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Google Apps, Internet Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.9, RL.4.1, RL.4.3...
$4.99
90
Digital Download PDF (5.51 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a reading specialist with 27 years of experience. Recently, I took early retirement to homeschool our daughter. My experience has been split between classroom experience in first, fourth, and fifth and reading intervention. Most recently, I worked as a literacy coach. I also worked for a year as a tech specialist until the position was eliminated.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Because my primary responsibility has been reading intervention with struggling readers, my instructional methods are based upon the individual needs of the students in my groups. My lessons are hands-on, active, and thoughtful. I encourage lots of oral discussion with high level questioning, and I include writing throughout the reading process. I LOVE interactive notebooks, anchor charts, mentor texts, and working with anything fun and active.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In the past,, I've received two educational grants totaling four thousand dollars to build a leveled library and lending room for literacy workstations. With these funds combined with Title 1 reading funding, we've been able to add nearly 3000 books to our tradebook library. I also present workshops often through my involvement with the Virginia State Reading Association and my local reading council where I've served as president this past year..

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and a Master's degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I blog at Comprehension Connection, Classroom Tested Resources and Adventures in Literacy Land. I hope you'll drop by to read more about best practices in literacy instruction and share ideas of your own. To sign up for my monthly newsletter, CLICK HERE

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